Michael Jackson's "Thriller" To Get 3-D Re-Release
Michael Jackson’s short film and music video “Thriller” will be released in 3-D in 2015, though the nature of the release is unknown.
"Thriller" Short Film
“Thriller” was originally released in 1983, and is one of Jackson’s most famous videos. The scary, zombie theme and iconic dance moves secured the video a place in music and film history. It was the first music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Directed by John Landis (Animal House), the video had a $500,000 budget, making it the most expensive music video of its time. Jackson reportedly wanted to release a re-vamped version to go along with his ‘This Is It’ tour before he died and Landis has been working on the project for months.
“The iconic video has never been released on Blu-ray or seen in cinemas and 3-D, and that was always a vision Michael had. In fact, his ‘This Is It’ London show was meant to feature a segment which included a 3-D performance,” a source told the New York Daily News.
Jackson Estate And John Landis Settle Lawsuit
While both Jackson’s estate and Landis both wanted the video to be re-released, the two parties were involved in a lawsuit regarding “Thriller” profits. Landis and producer George Folsey Jr., sued Optimum Productions, Jackson’s company, claiming they were still owed profits from the video. The two parties reached a settlement in 2012, paving the way for a future 3-D release.
While Landis confirmed that a 3-D version of “Thriller” will be released, he refused to reveal what other changes fans might expect from the video, saying, “It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen… I cannot tell you more. I might have to kill you.”